Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • boomerang, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Western Australia, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 68.5 x 7 cm width does not include curvature
    Object Length/Width: 26 15/16 x 2 3/4 in width does not include curvature
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3689

The flattened, slightly curved piece of wood has tapered ends. It has incised decoration on each side. Side one has a herringbone pattern and the other has a fish-scale pattern in the center. There is purplish pigment on the fish-scale side and red pigment on the herringbone side.